|BOMBS AWAY- MISSION COMPLETE - FUEL LOW AND BAILING-OUT OR CRASH LANDING INSIDE RUSSIA.
1950s TOE TO TOE NUCLEAR COMBAT WITH SOVIET RUSSIA, THANKFULLY, THIS NEVER HAPPENED.
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE BRAVE SAC AIRMEN WHO WERE ASSIGNED TO FLY A ONE WAY MISSION.
BELOW- THE RS-6 PORTABLE SHORTWAVE STATION - A SPECIAL CALL HOME RADIO FOR DOWNED AIRMEN.
by: Aaron George Bailey - WA5HRC - Feb.1, 2011- UPDATED MAY 2016
|B-47 WITH A WHITE BELLY, TO REFLECT AWAY THE HEAT FROM A NUCLEAR BLAST - PHOTO - COURTESY OF BOEING AIRCRAFT CO.
|America's B-47 "Big Stick" formed the backbone of SAC-(Strategic Air Command) in the early 1950s. By weight of numbers the
B-47 would deliver the main nuclear punch to Soviet Russian in the event of nuclear war. However, unlike the B-52, the B-47 was a
medium range bomber. When striking deep inside Russia, it would not have enough gas to get back home. IMAGINE for a moment,
as a B-47 crewman, being low on fuel over enemy territory with options like crash landing on a remote highway, or bailing out at
nighttime, and then being on your own. Assuming the crew got safely on the ground, they were to use a special RS-6 Radio to call
home and arrange for a pick-up.-(SEE BELOW) A portable shortwave-(or HF) radio station, the RS-6 was actually built to be a CIA
spy radio for Covert-Ops by agents in the field. SAC also chose them as long distance survival radios because they were rugged
state-of-the-art miniature in size and worked off a wide range of voltages, About 10,000 RS-6 radio stations were manufactured in
the early 1950s. See below- My RT-6 (Transmitter) #4681 and RR-6 (Receiver) #3772 which are the heart of the RS-6 station. Two
additional POWER related components NOT shown here, are the RP-6 wide range power supply and the RA-6 power filter + misc
patch cords. -(SEE LINKS BELOW FOR MORE DETAILS) In mint condition, the units pictured BELOW had a pampered service life,
perhaps, safely packed away in a survival kit of a B-47. RS-6 operation was clandestine by nature and very little mission related
documentation exists since it was carried on special missions that were Top Secret. Some WWW sources suggest it was carried
on the Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane and others say it was used by military Special Forces. FOR CERTAIN, only the "Eighth Air Force
64-1 Emergency Rescue Manual 1959" discusses the types of aircraft with Survival Kits that included the RS-6.(1) Those USAF
aircraft were the- B-47E, B/RB-47E, B-47 ECM, RB-47H, B-52, and RB-52.
|"RT-6" HF TRANSMITTER
|"RR-6" HF RECEIVER
|A CRYSTAL CONTROLLED, MORSE CODE TRANSMITTER, THE RT-6 OPERATED FROM 3 TO 16
MEGACYCLES IN TWO BANDS, 3 TO 7MC AND 7 TO 16MC, WITH A MAXIMUM OUTPUT OF 10 WATTS.
NOTE - MOST MILITARY AVIATORS FROM THAT ERA WERE TRAINED IN THE USE OF MORSE CODE.
|THE RT-6 WAS EQUIPPED WITH A
FOLDOUT MORSE CODE "KEY" >>
IT ALSO HAD A "KEY JACK" FOR AN
EXTERNAL TELEGRAPH KEY.
|THIS PEN IS A
|THE EARLY 1950s, WITH TINY TRANSISTORS STILL
IN THE DEVELOPMENT STAGE, THE RR-6(A)
RECEIVERS USED EIGHT STATE-OF-THE-ART
MINIATURE VACUUM TUBES LIKE THE 5899 BELOW.
|ON ALERT LAUNCH-
NOTE THE STEEP
CLIMB-OUT OF A
B-47 JATO ASSISTED